Spring Day Trips in Jefferson County WV
Inwood, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown and Charles Town Areas
As the Eastern Panhandle region of West Virginia begins to warm up after a long, cold winter, there are many opportunities to get out and have some fun! Here are some fantastic ideas for spring day trips in Jefferson County WV:
National Conservation Training Center
Get out those running or walking shoes and dust them off. On Saturday, April 5th The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is holding its annual “This Race is for the Birds!” This event is for everybody of all ages – runners and walkers alike.
The event will be held at the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center just outside Shepherdstown, WV. There will be timed races, easy walking strolls, and a fun run as well.
An added bonus to this event is that participants will get to check out areas of the Center that are rarely open to the public. You’ll be able to check out birds and wildlife in their natural habitat along the untamed forested banks of the Potomac River. The event starts at 9:00 am and ends at noon. After you’re done, you can head down to historic Shepherdstown for lunch and a bite to eat.
Shopping in Shepherdstown
If you don’t visit historic Shepherdstown after the race, then certainly mark another day this spring to visit. You could spend a whole day shopping at many of the fun and quirky stores that can be found along German Street – and then you can stop in and enjoy lunch at one of the many fantastic restaurants in the historic district.
One restaurant to try is the Blue Moon Cafe. After a hard day shopping, hiking, or biking, it is a great place to relax; visitors can be seated in their outdoor dining room and enjoy a salad and awesome sandwich.
Another fun day trip in the Eastern Panhandle is Harpers Ferry. Rich in pre-industrial architecture and civil war history, Harper’s Ferry is a great place to visit. The Canal House Cafe is one of many places visitors can stop for a bite to eat; they offer fresh bread and a variety of yummy sandwiches.
After a couple hours of shopping, visitors from Northern Virginia will want to stop at the great wineries on the other side of the Shenandoah River on their way back home. A few to try include Breaux Vineyards, Notaviva Vineyards, or Willowcroft Farm Vineyards. There’s nothing like sharing a bottle of Chardonnay on a springtime weekend afternoon on an outdoor terrace while looking out at the Loudoun Valley below!
Another great springtime day trip is going to explore one of the three national parks that are within a ten mile radius of Harpers Ferry. Harpers Ferry National Park (which includes historic Harpers Ferry), the C&O Canal National Park which has a long level trails for bike riding and the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD, which commemorates the end of General Lee’s invasion of the north.
Jefferson County and the surrounding areas are not only rich with history, but offer a lot in the way of outdoor fun, which is exemplified through these fun spring day trips in Jefferson County WV. This is truly a wonderful area not only to visit but to live as well. If you’re interested in buying a house in the Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Charles Town, or Martinsburg areas, please contact Linda Kilroy. She’s an expert in real estate and can start you on your way to home ownership in West Virginia.